“If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it”
The CDC has issued an E. coli warning about all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area. The warning includes all romaine lettuce, hearts, and salad mixes containing romaine. While the warnings focus on store-bought romaine lettuce, the warning does extend to all restaurants, as well.
Outbreak Alert: Throw away ALL store-bought romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, and salad mixes with romaine from Yuma, Arizona growing area. If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it. https://t.co/WTdyf3IWsY pic.twitter.com/hnNyOaeDDI
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 21, 2018
Outbreak Update: 53 people sick in 16 states with E. coli infections linked to chopped romaine lettuce. Don’t eat any store-bought chopped romaine, including salad mixes with romaine, and organic romaine. Throw it away. https://t.co/r8k0N9Mjhf pic.twitter.com/gqG3fIJpRF
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 18, 2018
The CDC warning, due to an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce, has been expanded to include all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. If you cannot confirm where it was grown, do not eat it.
The following information from the CDC website indicates that consumers should not “buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”
. . . . Advice to Consumers:
Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
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